While researchers may feel overwhelmed at times by the vast quantity of documents that comprise our collections, more often than not we face a stiffer challenge than surplus. like the fossil record, the historical record can be surprisingly incomplete and some of the most interesting aspects of the past seldom find their way onto paper.

Given our heavy emphasis on documenting contemporary life and culture, SCUA has made efforts over the years to collect oral histories from individuals represented in our collections and from members of the UMass community, and members of our staff oversee several ongoing oral history projects.